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Slate - France | Friday, June 12, 2015

Jacques Attali on love as a sharing model

The trend toward sharing could soon spread from cars and accommodation to love affairs, economist and journalist Jacques Attali writes in the online magazine Slate: "Taking the economy of sharing a step further, one can imagine a world in which everyone is free to have relationships with someone other than their principal partner, and let their loved ones also have relations with others in full knowledge and without any thoughts of possession. This is already the case for some of the younger generation; it's the practice on the social networks in which many people have virtual relationships with many others without that in any way involving possession or even exclusiveness. ... This could come about in a completely transparent way in the real world. With people as with objects. And 'collaborative love' could complement the 'collaborative economy'. That would fundamentally change our notion of the family and the education we give our children. ... Even if this seems impossible or unacceptable, such thoughts are a good way of understanding the dynamics of our present world, so as to shape it as we see fit."

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